Steven Avery’s new attorney, Kathleen Zellner, has wasted no time taking her client’s case to the court of public opinion, tweeting her disdain for the evidence that put Avery away and attacking media outlets that cite false information to claim he’s guilty. Now she’s attacking special prosecutor Ken Kratz, one of the most hated figures to come out of the Making A Murderer documentary on Steven’s case.
— Kathleen Zellner (@ZellnerLaw) January 24, 2016
We’ve got the full text of the letter below but Zellner sums it up nicely: Kratz basically asks Avery to confess to him so he can write a tell all book about the case. As if that wasn’t messed up enough, he also disses Avery for asking him to look into fingerprint evidence that might exonerate him. Why would Ken do that when Steven is guilty? Steven really needs to stop it with these nonsense claims and just admit he did it so he can join the ranks of other famous killers who confessed.
Kratz wrote this letter back before Making A Murderer came out and turned into a viral sensation, so he probably never expected it to surface. It’s just more fuel for people who interpreted his behavior during Avery’s trial as prosecutorial misconduct, and believe him to be a narcissistic weirdo more interested in furthering himself than in seeking justice.
Here’s the text of the letter in full:
Dear Mr Avery:
I got your letter dated August 28 2015, wherein you tell me your visitor list is full, and ask if I checked out other fingerprints found on Teresa Halbach’s car, telling me that these people could have “set you up” for this.
I apologise for misunderstanding your letters from a couple years ago, as I thought you were interested in being honest about what happened and finally telling the whole story to someone. Since I’m the person who probably knows more about your case that anyone else, I hoped that you would chose me to tell your story to.
Unfortunately, you only want to continue your nonsense about being set you. That’s too bad, because you had ONE opportunity to finally tell all the details, but now that will never happen.
By the way, the difference between you and famous convicted murderers from the past is that they told their whole truthful story to someone, who then wrote a book about what actually happened and people got to understand both sides. I was willing to do that for you… but if you are going to continue to lie about what happened between you and Ms Halbach, I am not interested.
If you change your mind, and want to tell your story someday, please contact me.
Kenneth R Kratz